USC Dornsife Sustainability Distinguished Lecture Series and the Spatial Sciences Institute Fall 2015 Colloquium: Kongjian Yu

November 11, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Art of Survival and The Promise of Geodesign

Kongjian Yu, FASLA
Changjian Chair Professor of Design, Peking University
Dean, College of Architecture and Landscape, Peking University
Visiting Professor, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
President and Principal Designer, Turenscape

The challenges we are facing today are big and becoming more and more complicated: climate change, food security, urbanization, ground water drop, air and water pollution, loss of biodiversity – to name just a few. To solve these problems, we need big data and systematical solutions, which are beyond the capacity of any single human brain. Design, the profession of problem solving, needs to harness the wealth of data available in meeting our modern challenges. Geodesign gives us a way to extend our capability, with the vast information technology, evermore powerful computation tools and ever big data, multiple shareholders and ever increasing participants, to conceive appropriate solutions to address our present challenges. Geodesign promises to upgrade the professions of design to meet the demands of this era. In this lecture, the author will present multiple experimental projects at various scales to demonstrate the positive impacts of a systematic and integrative approach on our degraded environment.

November 11, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Joyce C. Cammillieri Hall, BCI

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